BaxterStorey apprentice wins Best Chef Apprentice award

Best chef apprentice, Esther Smith
12/03/2019 - 08:40
16-year-old Esther Smith was awarded Best Chef Apprentice at training provider Umbrella’s 2019 Awards, which recognises apprentices that have “stood out.”

Currently employed by hospitality provider BaxterStorey, Smith works as a commis chef apprentice at British American Tobacco (London).

She was praised by judges for her “passion and drive to succeed, and her ability to move through written and practical coursework while displaying incredible self-motivation.”

She said: “I was so proud to be shortlisted, to win is an even greater step in right direction for my career.

“I can’t wait for the years ahead but for now I’m grateful for the success I’ve had in my apprenticeship and support I’ve had along the way. I really hope more young people will join the catering industry because it’s an exciting environment where you grow your skills but also so much as a person”.

UK facilities manager at British American Tobacco, Karren Scholes, commented: “Esther is our first chef apprentice and has excelled in her time with us.

“We are immensely proud that she has been recognised with this industry accolade.

“Esther is a bright and enthusiastic member of the team, and the incredible support she has from her head chef mentor, Marco, has given her added confidence to excel in developing her skills.

“It’s been exhilarating to watch her achieve her goals and become a valued member of the team”.

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